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Terror "plot" funded by bogus street collection

All three men were arrested in Birmingham last September Photo: West Midlands Police

It is day two of the trial of three men from Birmingham accused of plotting a suicide bomb plot in the UK, on a potentially greater scale than 7/7.

Irfan Naseer, 31, Irfan Khalid and Ashik Ali, both 27, deny between them a total of twelve terrorism charges.

Continuing to outline the prosecution’s case against the men, Brian Altman QC gave details of covert recordings of conversations made by counter terrorism police.

The jury was told that a fourth man, Rahin Ahmed, who has already pleaded guilty, was recorded in a car speaking to the regional fundraiser for Muslim Aid joking that he had ‘stolen so much Muslim Aid money that he needed to bank it’. The prosecution say in truth the men knew that they were stealing the charity money.

The court was told Irfan Naseer and Irfan Khalid had booked flights to Pakistan in December 2010 with Turkish Airlines via Istanbul. The prosecution say that when booking the flights, both falsely claimed that they were travelling to Pakistan to study at a Madrasah.

When they returned to Birmingham Airport on 29th July 2011, they were observed by police officers who had them under surveillance. Photographs were taken of their arrival, and their journey home.

The prosecution also outlined transcripts of conversations with four men referred to as “the travellers” - Ishaaq Hussain, Khobaib Hussain, Naweed Ali and Shahid Khan who have already pleaded guilty to terrorism charges. They travelled to Pakistan in August 2011. The prosecution claims the conversation transcripts show that the purpose of their trip was for terrorist training.

Other conversations with the travellers included discussions of martyrdom, the extremist publication Milestones, and the influence of Anwar al-Awlaki, a US extremist linked to Al-Qaeda who was killed in an American drone attack in September 2011.

The prosecution say the "travellers" returned early from their trip to Pakistan because one of the men had phoned home and told his family what they were planning. Transcripts detail conversations involving Irfan Naseer, Irfan Khalid and Ashik Ali talking about the travellers, and how they were concerned that their actions may lead to them being traced and arrested, and the terrorist camp in Pakistan being raided.

Transcripts read out in court by the prosecution also detailed conversations involving Irfan Naseer, Irfan Khalid and Ashik Ali with Rahin Ahmed, who had lost £9,000 of the charity money raised on the Forex commodities market. The prosecution say the conversations contained details of how the group planned to recoup the losses.

The trial continues.

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